The Climate Crossroads: L.N.G. Exports vs. Environmental Responsibility

The Biden Administration grapples with a momentous climate decision - whether to expand L.N.G. exports or hit pause on this booming industry.

The choice carries substantial environmental implications.

New data from renowned methane scientist Robert Warren Howarth throws a curveball into the L.N.G. debate.

It points towards shocking greenhouse-gas consequences tied to L.N.G. exports.

Can you guess how LNG is linked with GHGs?

Howarth's analysis suggests that exporting L.N.G. could lead to even higher methane emissions than coal, countering conventional claims about its climate benefits.

Methane escapes throughout the L.N.G. process, from fracking to shipping, and it accumulates at every stage.

Even with modern shipping methods, L.N.G. emissions exceed those of coal, raising serious concerns.

The U.S. rapidly expanded L.N.G. exportation and is now the global leader in natural gas exports.

The cumulative emissions from L.N.G. infrastructure could rival the entire annual emissions of the European Union.

L.N.G. proponents argue that it's cleaner than coal, focusing on relative emissions.

By the way L.N.G. emits 30% less greenhouse gas than coal.

Howarth's research proposes that ending L.N.G. use must become a global priority to curb emissions and climate damage.

The Biden Administration faces mounting pressure to reevaluate L.N.G. expansion based on this data. Its decisions could reshape the climate debate.